Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Playing with Alphabets for Christmas

Sometimes, when you don't have a sentiment in the size or shape or font you want, you can make your own sentiment with alphabet stamps. The song says, "Deck the halls with boughs of holly...." I have holly stamps but nothing that says, "Deck the Halls." So I pulled out a small Hero Arts peg-mounted rubber stamp alphabet called Playful...and I played.

The line isn't totally straight, but it doesn't need to be with this alphabet. I did, however, try to get it straight because I'm me and weird that way. After stamping the holly border in Hero Arts green ink, I drew a light pencil line where I wanted the sentiment. Then, I did my best to line up and space the letters by eye rather than futzing with a stamp positioner, which would have taken forever.

I like the effect and hope you do, too!

The berries were rendered red with a Sakura Stardust pen, which puts down opaque, shimmery red ink that adequately covers the green.

This simple, completely flat card makes me so very merry!

stamps: Hero Arts (alphabet), Papertrey Holly Jolly (border)
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Sakura stardust pen, pencil, ruler, eraser


  1. I just LOVE the effect you got with the sentiment, Susan!! Really ties together with the holly beautifully!

  2. fabulous, Susan - great design and beautifully stamped :-)

  3. I think the curvy line of the sentiment is way better. I think of the playfulness of the message and of musical notes.

    I have a lot less experience than you, but I have read that a way to get a straight line with those little alphabet stamps is to tape or rubber-band them together. Of course, you have to like the spacing....

  4. Perfect! Your sentiment and holly look like they are dancing.


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